In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., day I wanted to put up a few links. I find in his speeches and his work (along with that of many others who worked along side him) the kind of inspiration and hope that motivates many sociologists. As I noted in the final chapter of The Big Picture, the vision he provided in his “I Have a Dream” was a call to bring practice in line with the principles articulated in core U.S. beliefs embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
First a link to his biography at the Nobel Prize site which also includes a link to his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize he received in 1964. Next a link to both the text and the video for his I Have a Dream speech given in 1963. Next a link to his speech on Vietnam (including both the text and audio), titled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.”
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute provides additional materials including a link to some frequent requests.